MPs group wants health warnings on alcohol packaging

Warnings about the harmful effects of alcohol should be added to product packaging, a group of parliamentarians have recommended.

The All Parliamentary Party Group on Alcohol Misuse wants ministers to introduce health warnings on alcohol product labels similar to those on tobacco packaging to combat problem drinking.

The group also want more detailed nutritional information to be added to alcohol labels, including calorie content.

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Alcohol warning 'not a nanny state measure'

"This is not a nanny state measure," Tracey Crouch MP, told Good Morning Britain, saying that her parliamentary group's proposed health warnings on alcohol labels would not be as stark as those on tobacco packaging.

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Misuse have made 10 recommendations to the Government on how to tackle problem drinking.

MPs lack 'guts' to tackle drinks industry

MPs "run for cover when they are confronted by the drinks industry", said a chair of the parliamentary group who have recommended health warnings are added to alcohol labels.

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe, vice-chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Misuse, said the group's proposals would allow MPs to show if they "really have the guts to take a different line for the country's wellbeing in the future."

After smoking, alcohol is the second biggest preventable killer. Not only does it cost lives but burdens the NHS and the criminal and justice systems and others with ever increasing costs.

All the political parties know that but they run for cover when they are confronted by the drinks industry and its immensely powerful lobby.

These proposals give them another chance to consider whether they really have the guts to take a different line for the country's wellbeing in the future.

– Lord Brooke

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Add health warnings to alcohol, MPs urged

Warnings about the harmful effects of drinking alcohol should be added to product labels, a group of parliamentarians have said. Credit: Reuters

Health warnings similar to those on tobacco products should be added to alcohol labels, according to a group of parliamentarians.

The recommendation is one of ten by the All Parliamentary Party Group on Alcohol Misuse, aimed at reducing problem drinking.

The drink-driving limit should be lowered, and details of the nutritional, calorific and alcohol content of products should also be added to packaging, they say.

Currently, the group said, information on alcohol products "extends no further than the volume, strength and the unit cost."

According to the group, liver disease in those under 30 has more than doubled over the past 20 years, and 1.2 million people a year are admitted to hospital due to alcohol.

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